Milorad Nikolic

Dr Milorad Nikolic
Associate Professor
Department of Classics

Research Interests

Milo Nikolic is a specialist in ancient technology. He is studying water-supply systems of the Greek and Roman periods, but more recently his research is taking him towards the ancient view of water as a physical substance. This new research orientation also includes salt water, and by extension the ocean, its uses, perception, and meaning. He is currently working on a book in that area. He also developed an undergraduate course for MUN’s Department of Classics, under the title “Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World”.


Nikolic has been involved in archaeological projects in Canada, Italy, Turkey, Jordan, and Germany. Although his terminal degree is a doctorate in Greek and Roman Studies, he is also trained as a mechanical engineer with a specialization in fluid mechanics and a physicist with a specialization in renewable energies. He is a Padi-certified open water diver. Before finding his home in academia he worked for several years as a project manager in the wind-energy industry.


  • University of Victoria, PhD (2008), Greek and Roman Studies
  • University of Calgary, MA (2003), Greek and Roman Studies
  • Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, MSc (1996), Physics of Renewable Energies
  • Institut Méditerranéen d’Etude et de Recherche en Informatique et Robotique (IMERIR), Perpignan, France, visiting student (1992-3)
  • Fachhochschule Osnabrück (now Hochschule Osnabrück), Germany, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) (1992), European Mechanical Engineering Studies
  • Coventry Polytechnic (now Coventry University), UK, BEngHons (1991), European Mechanical Engineering Studies

Select Publications

  • M. Nikolic. “An Investigation of Vitruvius’ Technical Vocabulary Relating to Water Conduits and Pipelines in De arch. 8.6.6-9: geniculus and libramentum (re)examined.” Hermes 139 (4) (2011) 443-53.
  • A. N. Sherwood, M. Nikolic, J. W. Humphrey, J. P. Oleson. Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook of Translated Greek and Roman Texts, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • M. Gibbs, M. Nikolic, P. Ripat. Themes in Roman Society and Culture, 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2020.


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